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Open Very Carefully wins Stockport Children's Book Award

Posted by Tom on Sep 19, 2014

Open Very Carefully, illustrated by Nicola O’Byrne with words by Nick Bromley, has won the Best Picture Book category of the Stockport Children’s Book Award. The purpose of the Book Award is to raise the profile of reading for pleasure and to create a community of readers across Stockport, and Open Very Carefully beat a shortlist of five other titles.

Nosy Crow will partner with the National Trust to create a children's book list

Posted by Tom on Sep 18, 2014

Nosy Crow will be the exclusive partners of The National Trust for their new children’s book publishing programme, which will be jointly branded with the Nosy Crow and The National Trust logos. The new list will include board books, picture books, fiction, non-fiction and activity books, and the first titles will be launched in March 2016, available through the National Trust’s own 200 shops, and all good bookshops.

Nosy Crow Jigsaws "shows freemium children's apps can be responsible"

Posted by Tom on Sep 04, 2014

The Guardian have praised Nosy Crow’s new free-to-download app, Nosy Crow Jigsaws, for its implementation of in-app purchasing, writing, “Nosy Crow Jigsaws shows freemium children’s apps can be responsible”.

Stuart Dredge writes: “It’s a really good app: the artwork is full of character, and it’s clear that a lot of thought has been put into the interface, complete with a pull-out “tray” of pieces ready to be slotted into place in the main puzzle.”

You can read the full piece here and download the app from the App Store here.

Nosy Crow wins Nectar Small Business of the Year Award

Posted by Tom on Sep 03, 2014

Nosy Crow has been named Small Business of the Year at the Nectar Business Small Business Awards 2014, beating hundreds of competitors from every industry. Judged by a panel of experts, including leading businesswomen and star of BBC1’s ‘The Apprentice’, Karren Brady CBE, the Awards celebrate the achievements of successful businesses and business people across the UK. In addition to being awarded the prestigious title, Nosy Crow receives 50,000 Nectar points and a £2,000 cash prize.

Jack and the Beanstalk receives a Parents' Choice Award

Posted by Tom on Jul 23, 2014

Our Jack and the Beanstalk app is the recipient of a Silver Parents’ Choice Award in the Mobile App category. In their citation, Parent’ Choice write:

“Readers are presented with a treasure trove of interactivity. Prompted to touch a blinking blue button, characters speak and react – with smartly written lines and voices that are well directed and performed … In this nonlinear narrative, the story’s path and outcome are determined by the player; waking the giant has consequences! Once again, Nosy Crow delivers a fairy tale squarely into the 21st century.”

You can read the full review here.

The Independent's Best Children's Books for Summer

Posted by Tom on Jul 22, 2014

The Independent has chosen their picks for the best children’s books this summer, including Mouse’s First Night at Moonlight School, by Simon Puttock and Ali Pye. Nicholas Tucker writes: “Simon Puttock’s Mouse’s First Night at Moonlight School takes a reassuring look at feeling shy on the first day in the classroom. Initially mouse conceals herself behind the curtains but after winning a game of hide-and-seek she decides that school and her new animal friends are a good thing after all. Ali Pye’s dreamy illustrations are as appealing as the child-head teacher Miss Moon, who sports a witch’s hat but is otherwise a model of affectionate understanding.”

You can read the full list here.

Saving Sophia is a Times Children's Book of the Week

Posted by Tom on Jul 19, 2014

The Times have named Saving Sophia by Fleur Hitchcock their Children’s Book of the Week. Alex O’Connell writes: “You’re never too young for crime — the fictional variety, of course. With Dear Scarlett — and now her latest, Saving Sophia — Fleur Hitchcock (talk about nominative determinism) has cornered the market in hard-boilers for beginners. Nosy Crow, a thriving independent publisher, knows how to make a good-looking jacket. I love the retro jacket and the illustrations within … There is much to like about this pacey story. Lottie is a bright and ballsy character and Sophia a suitably kooky sidekick. Hitchcock is good on why children with problems make things up: Sophia reminded me of Astrid Lindgren’s Pippi Longstocking, who boasts that her absent sailor father is a “Cannibal King”.”

You can read the full review here.

Little Red Riding Hood wins Booktrust Best Book Award

Posted by Tom on Jul 02, 2014

Nosy Crow’s Little Red Riding Hood app has won the Booktrust Best Book Award in the Tech Stuff category. The award, celebrating innovative use of technology in children’s books, was voted for by school children across the country, and Little Red Riding Hood beat out the iBook edition of David Walliams’ The Slightly Annoying Elephant to top the poll. You can read more about the awards here.

School Library Journal's recommended apps for Early Learning

Posted by Tom on Jul 02, 2014

School Library Journal have included our Rounds: Franklin Frog and Rounds: Parker Penguin apps in a piece on recommended apps for early learning

Daryl Grabarek writes: “Franklin Frog and Parker Penguin are interactive, circular stories that highlight the habits and life cycle of animals. Children follow the subject creatures, helping them as they search for food, avoid predators, and, in the case of Franklin, locate a spot to hibernate. After the animals find mates and their offspring arrive, the stories begin anew, with attention focused on the newly hatched critters. Hot spots lead viewers to more facts and definitions.”

You can read the full piece here.